Dominican Republic wage hike talks, more of the sameSanto Domingo.- The National Salary Committee will start the talks on Wednesday leading to an increase in the minimum wage, after the labor unions' requested the dialogue to Labor minister José Ramón Fadul last month.
As usual, the workers' unions have asked for a 30% wage increase to alleviate the high cost of living faced by employees.
"We already submitted this proposal to the Committee around that percentage. It's comparable to the cost of living, it is not comparable to the basic household staples, but we consider it a sort of palliative and hope that management can fulfill," said Rafael Abreu, president of the national labor unions grouped in the CNUS.
He said the basic household staples, just between food and non-alcoholic beverages, cost RD$22,000 per month.
The CNS' call to the meeting include some of the union leaders, employers and the government, has have already confirmed their attendance.
The union leaders however have lost much of their prestige during the last decade, after aligning themselves with the various major political parties.
Management is expected to again resort to delay tactics and condition any proposal for significant a increase to changes in the Labor Code that include a cut in entitlements.